On this day: April 12

POSTED: 02:42 PM PDT Apr 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 11, 2013 

The American Civil War begins, FDR dies, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes the first human to travel into space, and the first space shuttle lifts off, all on this day.

OTD April 12 - Herbie Hancock
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1940: Jazz musician, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock, whose best-known solo works include "Cantaloupe Island," "Watermelon Man," "Maiden Voyage," "Chameleon," "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit," is born in Chicago, Ill. His 2007 tribute album "River: The Joni Letters" won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award.

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